A Swarm of Tiny Bots Could Inspect the Hidden Underbellies of Bridges

America's bridges are not—we're sorry to report—doing so great. Of the over 600,000 bridges in the U.S., more than half are over 30 years old, and 11 percent are structurally deficient. That makes inspecting bridges all the more important; unfortunately, the underside of a bridge is also pretty damn inaccessible to… » 9/25/14 1:15pm 9/25/14 1:15pm

Sanyo Inspection Bot Hunts For Gremlins In Crawlspaces

It may look like it was built for battle, but Sanyo's new inspection robot goes into crawlspaces to check out foundations, to make sure the building doesn't collapse because of structural-integrity issues like cracks or sinking. The robot uses image processing, collision avoidance and what Sanyo simply calls "the… » 11/07/07 9:17am 11/07/07 9:17am